Aadhaar Card Data Breach: 130 millions records, bank account details leaked

It is reported from CIS found that data of over 130 million Aadhaar card holders has been leaked from four government websites. It includes Aadhaar numbers, names and other personal details of millions of people have been leaked but also their bank account numbers. The CIS reported that the leak is from National Social Assistance Programme, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Chandranna Bima Scheme and Daily Online Payment Reports of NREGA.
CIS said, “Based on the numbers available on the websites looked at, estimated number of Aadhaar numbers leaked through these 4 portals could be around 130-135 million and the number of bank accounts numbers leaked at around 100 million from the specific portals we looked at. While these numbers are only from two major government programs of pensions and rural employment schemes, other major schemes, who have also used Aadhaar for DBT could have leaked PII similarly due to lack of information security practices. Over 23 crore beneficiaries have been brought under Aadhaar program for DBT,10 and if a significant number of schemes have mishandled data in a similar way, we could be looking at a data leak closer to that number,” noted the report prepared by Amber Sinha and Srinivas Kodali.
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